The Best 5K and 8K Monitors You Can Buy In 2021

Monitor technology always seems to outpace every other PC component technology in progression. While even the most powerful graphics cards on the market struggle to play modern games at 4K, monitor manufacturers are already releasing some amazing 5K and even 8K panels to the enthusiast community. Most of these monitors might not make the most sense for gaming since they are often standard 60Hz monitors with extremely high resolutions, but these monitors are a professional creator’s dream.

When it comes to 8K monitors, there are not a lot of choices out there. The immense 7680 x 4320 resolution is incredibly difficult to cram into computer monitors. Because of that, there is only one choice on the market as of the time of writing. There are a handful of incredible 5K monitors though, that combine the super ultra-wide form factor with incredibly high pixel counts to deliver an unmatched immersive experience. These monitors are more geared towards creative professionals and content creators that can take advantage of the immense real estate and high pixel counts. Color accuracy is another feature that content creators love, and that is an important factor in our selection today as well.

With that out of the way, here are the 5 best 5K and 8K Monitors to buy in 2021.

1. Phillips 499P9H 49-inch (5K)

A Gigantic 5K Monitor for Productivity

  • Super UltraWide Form Factor
  • Decent LCD Panel
  • Adaptive Sync
  • Good Color Gamut Coverage
  • VA Panel instead of IPS

88 Reviews

Screen Size: 49-inch | Resolution: 5120 x 1440 | Aspect Ratio: 32:9 | Brightness: 400 nits | Color Support: sRGB: 121% / DCI-PC: 94.62%

The Phillips 499P9H is one of the very best 5K monitors on the market right now. It combines many amazing features into one complete package and is comparatively well-priced as well. This is a great choice for anyone looking for a huge amount of pixels without completely breaking the bank.

The impressive Phillips 499P9H packs a 49-inch screen in a super ultrawide format. The panel supports a native resolution of 5K which is 5120 x 1440, in a super-wide 32:9 aspect ratio. This resolution and format are ideal for content creators and professionals who can utilize the extra screen real estate for their professional productivity workloads. In addition to that, the monitor is curved which increases the immersive experience and makes it easier to look at the edges of the screen while sitting directly in front of it.

The Phillips 499P9H has an 8-bit VA panel which is not bad at all, but we would have liked to see a 10-bit IPS panel in this monitor although that would have driven the cost up quite a bit. The monitor also supports DisplayHDR400 which is good for normal consumers, although it might not appeal to professional photo and video editors. Moreover, the monitor has 121% coverage of the sRGB space and 94.62% coverage of the DCI-PC color gamut, which is great for any sort of consumer-grade productivity workload.

Phillips has added a slew of really impressive features to the 499P9H in addition to the core specs as well. The display features plenty of connectivity options including USB-C, which can be used to hook it up to a MacBook or another machine. The Phillips offering also includes a built-in webcam with Windows Hello Support for quick Face ID login. In addition to that, the monitor also supports adaptive sync in the form of FreeSync, so it can also be useful for some light gaming at the standard refresh rate of 60Hz.

Overall, the Phillips 499P9H is one of the most feature-packed ultrawide monitors out there. It packs an impressive panel with a host of unique features that may not be available in other options, and it does so at a very competitive price for an ultrawide. This offering from Phillips gets our recommendation for content creators and professionals who can utilize the 5K resolution and the massive 49-inches of screen real estate.

2. LG 49WL95C-W 49-inch (5K)

Another Fantastic Curved 5K Ultrawide

  • Super UltraWide Form Factor
  • USB-C support
  • Immersive Curvature
  • Decent Color Gamut Coverage
  • Low Pixel Response Time

455 Reviews

Screen Size: 49-inch | Resolution: 5120 x 1440 | Aspect Ratio: 32:9 | Brightness: 350 nits | Color Support: sRGB: 99%

Another absolutely beautiful 5K Ultrawide offering comes our way from LG. The 49WL95C is a fantastic 49-inch Super Ultrawide monitor that offers a premium 5K experience with a resolution of 5120 x 1440. Not only does it have an insane 32:9 aspect ratio, but the monitor also supports HDR10 and that should be a great attraction to professional content creators.

The immense 49-inch screen real estate is a great feature for those who are looking for a great productivity monitor, as this offering from LG can definitely handle more than one window on the screen. The screen is also brilliantly sharp with a 5K resolution, and that is the equivalent of two 1440p monitors side-by-side. The 32:9 aspect ratio and the curved nature of the panel increase the overall immersive-ness that the monitor offers, and it can therefore be a great panel for general content consumption as well.

One of the best features of the LG monitor is its great 1000:1 contrast ratio and HDR10 support. This makes visuals look stunning when HDR is supported, and that provides a great content consumption experience. The blacks are deep and the brightness is striking, which makes the monitor a great option for productivity as well. Moreover, the monitor features plenty of connectivity options as well with two HDMI ports, two USB 3.0, USB- C as well as Displayport, so you can comfortably connect this monitor with MacBooks, PCs, and most other video sources.

The monitor has great sRGB coverage which can help in productivity and professional content creation. But, the lack of DCI support can hurt the monitor if your particular workflow uses it. The monitor also supports the standard 60Hz refresh rate and a 5ms pixel response time which is not all that great but is serviceable for a monitor more geared towards content creation. The panel has a decent beak brightness of 350 nits and good 178/178 viewing angles as well. The curved nature of the screen makes it easy to see the edges of the display while sitting directly in front of it.

All in all, the LG 49WL95C-W is a great option for productivity workflows and can be an attractive buy for professional content creators, despite its marginally higher price than some of the other 5K monitors on the market. It does have some quirks but it is still a fantastic 5K alternative to the Phillips 499P9H mentioned before.

3. Dell UltraSharp UP3218K (8K)

An Unmatched 8K Experience

  • 8K Resolution
  • Sleek and Stylish Design
  • Productivity Monster
  • Not much 8K content available
  • Difficult to Run

15 Reviews

Screen Size: 32-inch | Resolution: 7680 x 4320 | Aspect Ratio: 16:9 | Brightness: 400 nits | Color Support: sRGB: 100%

The first and the only 8K monitor on the market comes from Dell and its UltraSharp lineup of monitors. The Dell UltraSharp UP3218K is an exceptional monitor that is unlike anything that is available right now in the world of computer monitors. Sure, there are some 8K TVs for sale from the likes of LG, but there is still no 8K computer monitor available for the consumer market, and that makes the UP3218K a unique experience.

This incredible piece of technology supports a jaw-dropping 8K resolution at 7680 x 4320 pixels in a 32-inch form factor. That is 33 Million Pixels in a 32-inch screen footprint, which is an insane number to comprehend. Everything about the UP3218K screams overkill. The pixel density on this monitor is incomparable to mere mortal computer monitors as even most 4K monitors look plenty sharp on a 32-inch screen. The monitor is in a standard 16:9 aspect ratio which is another good thing because an Ultrawide in this resolution would not have justified the “True 8K” moniker.

The monitor is adequately bright and features industry-leading color reproduction which are both features that would make professional content creators dream. The build quality is extremely premium and the monitor is surprisingly heavy. Expectedly, the monitor also gets pretty warm during normal operation and Dell has provided adequate vents on the back of the monitor to cool it down.

The Dell UP3218K is not a normal monitor, and therefore it requires a pretty beefy rig to run. To take full advantage of the monitor’s 8K resolution, 2 Displayport cables have to be inserted in the monitor, so a beefy GPU is a must for this monitor. Gaming on this 8K behemoth is technically possible, although even the mighty RTX 3090 would struggle to keep pace with the pixels that the monitor needs to push.

Ideally, the 8K resolution and the excellent color reproduction would make the UP3218K a great asset to a professional content creator or creative professional, but the panel does have some flaws. Firstly, it requires a pretty beefy rig to run due to the sheer number of pixels that the graphics card will have to push. Secondly, there is not a lot of 8K content out there to take advantage of the resolution. Finally, the price of this unique 8K experience can make some of the 5K monitors on this list look downright cheap.

So, the Dell UltraSharp UP3218K is an experience unlike any other, but it is not quite ready for mainstream users just yet. However, if you can support the display’s requirements and have a workload that would take advantage of it, this monitor is not one to miss.

4. Dell UltraSharp U4919DW 49-inch (5K)

Great Features, Professional Look

  • Super UltraWide Form Factor
  • Professional Design
  • Professional Dell Display Manager Software
  • No HDR
  • Slow Pixel Response Time

174 Reviews

Screen Size: 49-inch | Resolution: 5120 x 1440 | Aspect Ratio: 32:9 | Brightness: 350 nits | Color Support: sRGB: 99%

Another great offering from Dell’s UltraSharp line, the 49-inch U4919DW targets a more reasonable crowd than the 8K behemoth we just took a look at. This 49-inch Super Ultrawide monitor targets professionals directly and contains plenty of features that can attract content creators or creative professionals.

The U4919DW is another 49-inch Super Ultrawide monitor that supports a 5K resolution. The wide 32:9 aspect ratio combined with the subtle curve offers a really immersive experience in both content creation and content consumption. The display gets fairly bright for a Super Ultrawide monitor at this resolution at 350 nits, and the panel quality and viewing angles are fairly decent as well.

The key features of the Dell UltraSharp U4919DW include its professional design and software suite that is targeted squarely at productivity-focused consumers. The monitor looks fairly decent and does not have any unnecessary bells and whistles that you might find on an ultrawide gaming monitor. Moreover, the Professional Dell Display Manager software makes it easy to better utilize that 49-inch screen real estate by managing up to six windows at once. This makes it evident that Dell is focusing on creators for this particular monitor.

The monitor does have some drawbacks though. The panel does not support any HDR certification which is a letdown for a monitor in this price range. Moreover, the U4919DW has no official coverage of the DCI color space, which is disappointing since this monitor is focused on professionals. However, if your workload does not rely on these features, then the Dell U4919DW is another great 5K Super Ultrawide monitor that you should consider.

5. MSI Prestige PS341WU (5K)

A Unique 5K-by-2K Experience

  • High Pixel Density due to 34-inch size
  • Excellent Nano-IPS Panel
  • Insane 5K-by-2K Resolution
  • Disappointing HDR Implementation
  • Mediocre Build Quality

3 Reviews

Screen Size: 34-inch | Resolution: 5120 x 2160 | Aspect Ratio: 21:9 | Brightness: 450 nits | Color Support: sRGB: 100% / DCI-P3: 98%

The MSI Prestige PS341WU is a pretty unique monitor as compared to the rest of our lineup today in terms of how it implements its 5K resolution. While the other 5K monitors use 49-inch Super Ultrawide form factors in a 32:9 curved aspect ratio, the MSI Prestige crams the 5K resolution in the form factor of a standard 21:9 Ultrawide. This results in a unique 5K2K resolution of 5120 x 2160 that provides a pretty unique experience.

Unlike other 5K monitors, the Prestige does not stretch its 5K resolution across a 49-inch screen in a 32:9 aspect ratio. The tight 21:9 standard ultrawide form factor allows the Prestige to have an incredibly high pixel density which can be a great help in content consumption as well as general productivity. There are twice as many pixels in the height of the monitor as the other super ultrawides, so that raises the overall pixel count of the MSI offering as well.

In addition to the pixel-dense 5K2K resolution, the MSI Prestige features one of the best panels in our roundup with a Nano-IPS panel. This panel delivers great color reproduction, deeper blacks, higher contrast ratios, and better viewing angles than some of the other panels. The MSI Prestige PS341WU also features HDR support, as well as PCI-D3 coverage which are both great to have for any content creator or creative professional. The white aesthetic is just a cherry on top.

Some drawbacks of the Prestige include its hefty price tag, mediocre HDR performance, and underwhelming build quality. The Prestige is also pretty hard to run thanks to its 5K x 2K resolution, and you need to have a decent graphics card in order to take full advantage of this monitor.

Ultimately, the Prestige PS341WU is a unique 5K monitor that offers a different experience to the super Ultrawides. Not only does this resolution look gorgeous on a smaller display, but the great feature set of the Prestige makes it one of the best 5K monitors in our roundup despite its incredibly hefty price tag.

Usman Saleem

Usman is a hardcore tech enthusiast and hardware geek with a passion for PC Gaming and the PC Hardware industry. What started with flash games in a browser window, led to an undying love for the technology behind PC Gaming and the hardware that drives it.